Last November the Clavet Cougars 9-man football team left a bad taste in the mouths of the Humboldt Collegiate Mohawks downing them 19-11 to claim the provincial 2A title.
Friday afternoon at Glenn Hall Park the two renewed their rivalry this time with HCI coming out on top 27-14 to open the 2015 season.
Grade 12 student, Jared Giddings admitted it felt good to top the Cougars after the contest in front of a good opening day crowd.
"It's always good to start the season with a win, especially against the team we lost to in the provincial final last year. We're all happy and ready for next week."
The Mohawks got the season off to a great start taking their first drive all the way down the field led by quarterback Landon Seipp. He was 4/4 on the opening drive capped off by a Morgan Gobeil touchdown catch to give HCI a 7-0 lead.
That would stand through the first half as both team's defences took over.
With a one touchdown lead heading to the third the Cougars regrouped and scored back to back to open a touchdown lead of their own on the strength of Graham Beresh's arm. The Clavet qb was under centre in the championship game last year.
The Mohawks would respond however with two running majors courtesy Seipp putting his team back up 20-14 with a missed convert.
Giddings said they were happy the way their young signal caller stepped up.
"It's good, first year quarterback, he's a grade 11. It's nice to have someone control the team, he pulled the win out today, it's good to have him."
On the other side of the ball they knew they had to deal with Beresh but they intercepted him four times late including two by Giddings. He said they were prepared for him.
"We knew he was good, coming into his senior year, coming off that provincial title so we had the game plan on him and we executed well."
Giddings sandwiched a touchdown reception between Seipp's pair of scores in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Seipp had one of the other interceptions, he also had a first quarter punt block. Logan Wylie created the other turnover.
The Mohawks will have a bye next week, their back on the gridiron Friday, September 18th at Tisdale.
You can hear more from Giddings in his interview with Bolt FM's Ronald Quaroni below.